It is not easy living with a heart or lung condition. As well as experiencing physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, getting out of breath and coughing, you can get tired easily and may be less active than before. You may be worried about your breathing or your heart and struggle to sleep well at night.
Difficulties resulting from living with heart and lung conditions can make people more isolated and can also lead to depression and anxiety, a common problem for people with a heart and lung condition. In 2010 it was found that 30 - 40% of people with heart or a lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can have depression and/or anxiety, which makes it difficult to progress and take part in rehabilitation programmes for heart and lung conditions.
The sort of treatment you're offered for a long-term physical health condition that affects your mental health will depend on:
The main treatments are: